The Dodgers have five catchers on their current 60-man player pool and Austin Barnes is one of them. While he still struggles to find his swing, his versatility has proven useful in the past.
That versatility sounds like it will not be utilized nearly as often, if at all in 2020. Dave Roberts confirmed on Saturday that Barnes would likely not see time at second base as he has over the last couple of seasons. After logging six starts for the Dodgers at second base in 2018, that dropped to just one start and five innings last year.
Roberts clarified that the Dodgers have plenty of depth at second base and that Barnes isn’t exactly needed there. It’s especially true considering that there are already a limited number of Major League ready catchers waiting.
When Barnes met with Dodgers’ media on Saturday, he also confirmed that he was not taking any reps in the infield. He also confirmed that he never really considered opting out of the season when the question was asked.
Austin Barnes never considered opting out for the season.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) July 11, 2020
As it stands, the Dodgers have Will Smith likely slotted in to start Opening Day. They also have Rocky Gale, Keibert Ruiz, and Diego Cartaya as emergency backups should anything go wrong during the season. While the signing of Russell Martin would bring a smile to the entire fanbase, it seems likely that these are the guys Roberts and his staff will roll with all season.